Booksellers NZ Conference Programme

The annual Booksellers NZ conference will be held in Auckland on 25-26 August 2018. Saturday 25 August includes the Business Meeting Day for publishers and booksellers, and in the evening the Book Industry Awards. Sunday 26 August brings you a fabulous programme of events for booksellers and publishers alike. 

Please note there will be a Storylines Children's Literature trust event on during the evening of Friday 24 August at the same venue, so get in early and head along to that! 

Day 1 - Saturday 25 August 

8.00am – 8.30am


8.30am–4.00pmBusiness meetings (Kingston Room) 

All day tea and coffee available


Pre-function drinks


6.30 - 10.00pmNZ Book Industry Awards
MC - Michéle A'Court 

Nielsen Publisher of the Year and Nielsen Bookseller of the Year sponsored by Nielsen Book
MediaR Marketing Strategy of the Year sponsored by MediaR 
2017 Book Industry Award winners and judges

Day 2, Sunday 26th August

7.45am–8.15amRegistration for conference and breakaway sessions (Foyer - Kingston)  

Welcome and opening (Kingston Room)

Juliet Blyth – Chair of Booksellers NZ Board
Lincoln Gould – CEO of Booksellers NZ
Kobo Scholarship
Find out about the Winter Institute 2018 and what booksellers are doing in America (Kingston Room)
Speakers –Tanya Gribben, Women’s Bookshop
Cassie Richards, Unity Books Wellington
9.05–9.35am Keynote Address (Kingston Room)
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Grant Robertson      
Minister of Finance, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage 
Introduced by Juliet Blyth – Chair of Booksellers NZ Board 
9.409.55amNielsen BookData & BookScan (Kingston Room)
Find out the sales figures and patterns of books over the past year, and see how your store measures up. 
Speaker – Nevena Nikolic
10.00am10.30am Keynote speaker
Joe Davis (Kingston Room) Replacing Dr Michelle Dickinson
Joe Davis – Founder and CEO of Nanogirl Labs Ltd 
Introduced by – Louise Ward, Board Member of Booksellers NZ and co-owner of Wardini Books in Napier and Havelock North
10.30 - 11am

Morning Tea & Networking


International keynote speaker
Shaun Bythell (Kingston Room)

Shaun Bythell, author of the Diary of a Bookseller
Introduced by – Melanie Laville-Moore, New Zealand Director, Allen & Unwin 
Breakaway session 1 
Option 1

Curating your stock and nourishing your Community through books (Hobson Room)
Speakers: Stella Chrysostomou and Juliet Blyth

SPONSORED BY - Warwick Schaffer

Stella Chrystostomou – co-owner of Volume Books and Board Member
Juliet Blyth – Manager of Vic Books and Board Chair, Booksellers NZ
Option 2 In-store –  merchandising, window and floor displays (Kingston Room)
Session speaker: Karlya Smith
Session speaker – Karlya Smith, Freelance fashion editor, Stylist and Creative 
Introduced by Jenna Todd – Board Member of Booksellers NZ, and Manager of TimeOut Bookstore

Lunch and networking


The Author and Publisher - relationship (Kingston Room)
Speakers: Michael Heyward and Lloyd Jones

Michael Heyward – Publisher, Text Publishing 
Lloyd Jones – Author of The Cage, Mister Pip and many more titles. 
Breakaway session 2
Option 1 

Online- maximizing the use of your website with Google  (Kingston Room)
Session speaker – Amanda Jordan

Session speaker – Amanda Jordan – Strategic partnerships Manager, Google NZ

Option 2Financialsbudgeting and cash flow (Hobson Room)
Tony Moores, owner of Poppies Bookstores and Board Member

SPONSORED BY - Warwick Schaffer

Tony Moores– owner of Poppies Bookstores and Board Member of Booksellers NZ

Afternoon Tea and networking

SPONSORED BY Books+Publishing and BookNet



Collaboration in bookselling, working together to grow sales (Kingston Room)
Creating a healthy robust industry, talking about the stages of book creation
Panel Discussion chaired by Rachel Eadie 

SPONSORED BY Books+Publishing and BookNet

Panel discussion –  
Melanie-Laville Moore – Allen & Unwin
Claire Murdoch –  Publisher, Penguin Random House NZ
Carole Beu –The Women’s Bookshop, Auckland
Session chair: Rachel Eadie, Board Member of Booksellers NZ, and Manager of Scorpio Books
Booksellers NZ – what’s happening and developments (Kingston Room)
Lincoln Gould – CEO
Sarah Forster – Communications Manager
June Murugan – Membership and Marketing Manager 
Town Hall Session (Kingston Room)
Here’s your chance to raise issues and share your observations and experiences with the Board and other members. 
Juliet Blyth –  Chair of Booksellers NZ Board 
Lincoln Gould – CEO of Booksellers NZ

AGM (Kingston Room)

5:00pm           Conference closing
6.00pmPublic Session with Shaun Bythell, author of the Diary of a Bookseller  In conversation with Brian Phillips, Secondhand bookseller. 

 Book Crier:  Louise Ward, Board Member of Booksellers NZ and co-owner of Wardini Books in Napier and Havelock North

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